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Took the short break in the weather to put in another ride and got just 1 mile. At about 25mph I had a squirrel run into my front wheel. It got caught so perfectly between the spokes that the wheel jammed completely sending me flying head first through the air. The bike made a complete 180 summersault. The most amazing thing was that there was relatively little damage to the bike. Top of break levers and hoods scratched, leather on the seat ripped that’s about it. Actually more rashes to my body. Shoulder, hip, knees hands. By the way, the fork that withstood this impact was a Specialized C4 S-works all carbon, even more amazing, the wheel was a Topolino with the Kevlar spokes. So picture this squirrel between two spokes against the fork. No damage to the wheel or spokes. Quite amazing! As for the squirrel, it died within 30s on the scene. So watch out for those squirrels!
 

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Heal quickly warrior!

Thanks for taking one of the little buggers out! And thanks for filing the after action report on what kind of hardware can handle their rebellous acts without serious damage. I swear these little guys are getting more and more agressive, and may even be working on aliances with armadillos and snakes... ALL cyclists should be aware!

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Took the short break in the weather to put in another ride and got just 1 mile. At about 25mph I had a squirrel run into my front wheel. It got caught so perfectly between the spokes that the wheel jammed completely sending me flying head first through the air. The bike made a complete 180 summersault. The most amazing thing was that there was relatively little damage to the bike. Top of break levers and hoods scratched, leather on the seat ripped that’s about it. Actually more rashes to my body. Shoulder, hip, knees hands. By the way, the fork that withstood this impact was a Specialized C4 S-works all carbon, even more amazing, the wheel was a Topolino with the Kevlar spokes. So picture this squirrel between two spokes against the fork. No damage to the wheel or spokes. Quite amazing! As for the squirrel, it died within 30s on the scene. So watch out for those squirrels!
 

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suicide chipmunk -- its a pattern

Last summer I was bombing down a trail about 20 mph when a chipmunk attempted to do the same thing. Unfortunately his timing was off and he was flung off the wheel before getting between the spokes. I think that these incidents should be reported to the Office of Homeland Security. They can't be just coincidences, can they?
 

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They are out to get us. One go in my spokes at the bottom of a hill at 45 MPH. I could feel the wheels flex and went into a high speed wobble. I don't know how but I did not go down.

My fear is they will recruit the deer. I saw 35 of them at once along the trail this fall. Could get dangerous if the squirrels are able to recruit them.
 

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glia said:
Took the short break in the weather to put in another ride and got just 1 mile. At about 25mph I had a squirrel run into my front wheel.
On my local canyon ride there are dozens of ground squirrels that cross the road in front of my bike. I've clipped a few tails and it scared the crap out of me. I'm not looking forward to the day that one makes it into the wheel.

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I think the government should mandate small rodent insurance... for the rodents of course!
Interestingly, insurance policies usually exclude rodent-related damage. In theory, a squirrel could cause an electrical fire (fairly common) in your house and you could get $0 from the insurance company. So if you get to inspect the burned out hulk of your home before anyone else, hide the charred squirrel body.

This rodent exemption is so common that even my cell phone insurance mentions that it doesn't cover rodent damage.

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I ran one over this summer...

it jumped out in front of me. I had not time to react and before I knew it, "thump", I had run over it (front wheel). Fortunately, I didn't go down. Glad you, for the most part, are ok and that the bike is, too. Good news about the Topolino's. I always thought they must be a real quality wheelset and this proves it.
 

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Squirrel obituary: remembered as "frantic and indecisive"

I actually RAN OVER a squirrel last Fall. Hit him square enough to kill him pretty much instantly, like other riders describe below. Scared the hell out of me because it came out of nowhere. I knew I was lucky he didnt get in my spokes (I have low-spoke-count wheels too!)
 

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Maybe that's another little known advantage of having flat bladed aero spokes - squirrel slicing!
Keep em good and sharp on their leading edge and instant squirrel salami slices guaranteed and no header.
 

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just curious

Did you just happen to have a dead squirrel lying around? Or did you find this odd photo on the web and thought it might come in handy for dart practice?

Either way, it's kinda strange... (twilight zone music in background)
 

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Interestingly, insurance policies usually exclude rodent-related damage. In theory, a squirrel could cause an electrical fire (fairly common) in your house and you could get $0 from the insurance company. So if you get to inspect the burned out hulk of your home before anyone else, hide the charred squirrel body.

This rodent exemption is so common that even my cell phone insurance mentions that it doesn't cover rodent damage.

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I trap the little tree rats in rodent trap set in an empty lot next door and let them go inside my fenced yard. My Siberian Husky loves the excercise and if she catches one--she gets to keep the prize!
 

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Did you just happen to have a dead squirrel lying around? Or did you find this odd photo on the web and thought it might come in handy for dart practice?

Either way, it's kinda strange... (twilight zone music in background)
That picture is from over a year ago when I had neighbors that setup a 24/7 buffet for them. There were squirrels all over the place and it was getting out of hand so I shot all of them with my air rifle. Sometimes I have to retrieve the carcasses that end up where people would see them. My bike's front wheel just happened to be in the picture. That was one of the biggest ones and was freeze dried and given to a friend as a wedding present. His wife doesn't like it.
 

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Evil tree rats

I rode over one about 10 years ago, and broke his back. A year or two later, a whole pack of them moved into my attic. I found out about the insurance deal when the pest control guy told me. Lucky for me, he had picked up a racoon that same day, and it was still in his truck. He took a photo of the racoon in front of my house, and the insurance picked up the whole thing. (Please don't turn me in.) The repair costs were the same as a good frame AND a Dura Ace group.
The large expense was because of water damage, hole in roof and insulation full of tree rat crap.
 

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Rabits work the night shift

Add me to the list of those with squirel experieces. Last year, one ran out of nowhere into the side of my front wheel. I was doing about 23mph on the (narrow) shoulder of a road where traffic does about 50. With an audible "twang" he was instantly repelled before I had a chance to react. Pretty lucky I think because my wheel only has 18 spokes (Campy Scirocco, G3 lacing). I couldn't tell which spoke(s) he hit and the wheel remained true.

I've also had several close calls with rabits on the MUT after dark. They are obviouly in cohersion with the squirels, working the night shift.
 

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PETA is on the way...

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will be looking to break what's left of your knee caps for so blatantly abusing an innocent animal. And 25 mph? Are you crazy? No animal of that size could survive such a crash. Suppose a bull moose decided to hit you at 25 mph?
 

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Tree rats

They'll also damage cars' electrical wiring. I've seen them hopping onto tires and then climbing into the wheel wells and the getting inside the car. That's a $300-600 repair bill.

I've heard of them building nests in furnace flues and killing everyone in the house.

I've shot 173 of them so far. Interestingly, my air rifle pumps up with something that looks like a small floor pump except it goes up to 3000 psi and is a lot harder to use. I tried to trap them but when I finally got one, my neighbors who were feeding it released it so I nixed the trapping idea.
 

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Squirrels and chipmunks for me......

I have run over 1 squirrel on a mtb trail, he somehow managed to run away afterwards, even though he scared the crap out of me. I just don't want them to jump up scared and scratch me up or bite. He'll be hurtin' if he starts a blood fight.....

I have had them run BETWEEN my wheels too, which is even scarier because you brace for the worst, and nothing happens. They put that tail over their body and just go for it. I really do not understand the thinking, they could do it before or after, or go the other way, but they INSIST on going at that one moment.

I have run over chipmunks as well, they are so small they don't do anything if you hit them really, but i'm sure they could.

Also I agree, somehow, rodents are in some secret society, something government funded, that is there to take out certain other members of society by making it look like an "accident".

We must find the leader......
 

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My fear is they will recruit the deer. I saw 35 of them at once along the trail this fall. Could get dangerous if the squirrels are able to recruit them.
The Deer are already involved...I hit one on my morning commute about two months ago. It was pitch black, I was traveling about 20-22mph and it stepped out of hiding behind a parked van on my right.

I can still see its one big black frightened eye staring at me as I plowed into its side and pushed up (hooves scraping) forward a bit until my momentum slowed. That's when I went down and slid for a bit. Luckily I incurred no serious road rash, and only have scratches on my pedal and rear der.

so, look out....they are after us!

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